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Isaac Vinales has topped the timesheets in the opening Moto3 practice at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The local rider finished the session with a time of 1:47.388 which put him three tenths clear of fellow Spaniard Alex Marquez. Vinales' Calvo KTM teammate Jakub Kornfeil rounded out the top three placing's for the morning session. Alex Rins and last round's victor Romano Fenati took fourth and fifth places respectively as Efren Vazquez, Niklas Ajo, Brad Binder, Philipp Oettl and Danny Kent completed the top 10.
Championship leader Jack Miller had to settle for a disappointing twelfth place and will look to quickly rediscover his Jerez testing pace in the day's remaining session.
Marc Marquez kept pace in in the final MotoGP practice Saturday before qualifying as riders worked on race setup. And again, Dani Pedrosa managed second, three tenths from his teammate at the new Termas de Rio Honda circuit. Aleix Espargaro continued his strong FP3 form with third-fastest.
Valentino Rossi found something late and closed the session to finish fourth, pulling Alvaro Bautista into fifth in the process.
Jonas Folger moved to the top of the timesheet early and held on to take the fastest time in the third Moto2 practice Saturday at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit in Argentina. Folger's 1'44.203 -- his best time of the weekend -- put him half a second in front of Tito Rabat's second-fastest showing. Maverick Vinales, who appeared to struggle early in the session, closed the gap at the end of practice with a 1'44.827, good for third.
Johan Zarco, who had led a previous session, grabbed the fourth-fastest time, just behind Vinales. At another tenth back was Mattia Pasini to round out the top five.
For much of the session, it was Folger and Rabat out in front. The pair dipped into the 1'44s early and consistently ran at that pace. At the halfway point, Vinales could manage only 15th. But with five minutes to go the pace began to quicken and with less than two minutes left, Vinales set his fastest lap of the wekend to climb into the top three.
Marc Marquez again set the fastest practice lap but this time not by the margin he held during the previous practices. The points leader's FP3 time of 1'39.171 -- his fastest of the weekend -- was slightly more than one-tenth faster than second-fastest Dani Pedrosa, his Repsol Honda teammate.
Valentino Rossi finished FP3 at the new Argentina circuit as the third fastest rider and top Yamaha at two-tenths behind Marquez. Aleix Espargaro, another two-tenths back, grabbed fourth after holding second for much of the session. Andrea Dovizioso, who spent most of the practice mid pack, put in a fast lap at the end of the session to climb into fifth, a little more than half a second from the leader.
Marquez led most of the session. But while his closest pursurer -- Pedrosa -- still remains a tenth back, the outcome of FP3 serves as good news for any top rider not named Marquez. At the end of Friday's FP2, the Spanish champion held a full second advantage over second place and was nearly than two seconds clear from sixth place onward. Moreover, he led the slpit times in every sector of the 4.8 km (2.986 mi.) track.
Championship points leader Jack Miller extended his lease at the top of the timesheet Friday at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit in Argentina. Miller's 1’50.020 was his best time of the weekend so far and left him a scant nine-hundredths of a second clear of Efren Vazquez in second.
Alex Marquez, another four-tenths back, managed third fastest at the new circuit. Isaac Viñales and Livio Loi joined them in the top five.
Miller, winner of the season's first two races, has led every session of the weekend with qualifying coming up later today.
Johann Zarco, on his final lap of the second free practice, pipped Jonas Folger by two-hundedths of a second Friday to top the timesheet at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit in Argentina. Dominique Aegerter grabbed third, another .077 back, after crashing early in the session.
Takaaki Nakagami (4th) had a shot at the top time but was thwarted by traffic late in final practice session of the day. COTA race winner Maverick Vinales rounded out the top five with a lap of 1'45.331, two-tenths from the leader.
Nearly all of the riders improved their times from FP1 as they learned the racing lines on the new circuit and as the surface improved. In all, the highly competitive Moto2 class appears to have returned to normal with the top-20 riders lapping within a second of the leader.
FP3 and qualifying for all three classes resumes Saturday.